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Scotland Bans Fracking, Forever

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[The Scots can be amazingly bold in their politics. Yet, Canadians, note: "The UK remains one of the few European countries that has not banned fracking on a national level." *RON*]

By Zainab Calcuttawala,, 2 June 2016

The Scottish Parliament voted to ban fracking countrywide on Wednesday, making a moratorium on the controversial technique a permanent affair.

The narrow vote can after the legislative body temporary outlawed fracking in January 2015 while it conducted a public health impact assessment and consulted environmental experts.

The Scottish Greens, the Liberal Democrats, and the Labour Party joined together to hand a 32-29 defeat to the Conservatives, who vehemently opposed the permanent measure, The Guardian reported.

Legislators affiliated with the Scottish National Party chose to abstain from the vote, which prompted its fellow liberal parties to call on the group's leaders to clarify its position on fracking an…

Netherlands Is the Tax Haven of Choice for Global Arms Dealers

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[Sucking $trillions out of tax systems around the world. The answer? Austerity, naturally. Upscale Western nations will never get investigated as part of the reaction to the Panama debacle; only small, developing nations will get sat upon for daring to horn in on the Big Boy's business. *RON*]

TeleSur, 2 June 2016
Amongst the big companies using the Dutch tax evasion routes are a large number of arms manufacturers and major international defense companies.

The Netherlands is a top tax haven for the world's biggest arms dealers, the Transnational Institute said on Thursday.

The Dutch research group’s statement, accompanied by a new report relying on data from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, found that six of the world's top 10 biggest arms dealers are based in the Netherlands in order to benefit from its favorable tax and trade system.

Most of the the arms companies are registered through letterbox addresses, with zero or minimal personne…

How U.S. Invasions and War Have Exacerbated Slavery in 3 Countries

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[Short-sighted wars have destabilized regions, creating fertile ground for illegal slavers. "Years after America’s forces entered those countries proclaiming themselves liberators, the destabilizing effects of war, including 'the brutal rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State,' have contributed to upheaval that has left incredible numbers of civilians and migrants in bondage." It's also important to note the statistics for nations that provide us with consumer goods (a.k.a 'the free market'): "India has approximately 18.4 million people living in slavery." *RON*]
By Kali HollowayAlterNet, 1 June 2016
It’s a scary thing, just how much of our foreign policy is built on simple, almost folksy stories. The good guys vs. bad guys narrative used to sell America’s wars and interventionism was well-worn long before our most recent entry into Iraq, and it has grown increasingly threadbare after 15 years of war. …

Taxpayers wasted billions of dollars on a war on cocaine that didn’t work, economists say

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[In any other nation this would be called what it is: massive corruption. *RON*]

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, 31 May 2016
American taxpayers got a dismal return on their $4.3 billion investment in the Colombian drug war between 2000 and 2008, according to a new analysis by economists at MIT and Colombia's Universidad de los Andes.

In the paper, which will be published in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Daniel Mejia and Pascual Restrepo analyzed the cost to U.S. taxpayers of the two big U.S.-funded anti-cocaine efforts in Colombia: eradication of coca plants via the aerial spraying of herbicides, and interdiction efforts to block cocaine transit routes and seize shipments of cocaine. These efforts took place under the umbrella of Plan Colombia, a decade-long U.S.-backed initiative to fight the drug trade and organized crime in Colombia.

Mejia and Restrepo created a sophisticated economic model to…

B.C. Liberals' one-time $25 million funding increase for education isn't new money, it's a cut reduction

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[Vote for us! We'll steal $100 dollars from you then give you back $10 while the cameras are rolling! *RON*]
By Sarah Miller,, 2 June 2016

Imagine you're back in high school and there's a bully who steals your lunch every day. Then one day after stealing your lunch that same bully comes to you mid-way through the day and hands you back half a sandwich, and he makes a big spectacle of his actions so that everyone sees what a nice guy he is for giving you half a sandwich.

He hopes that no one has noticed him stealing your lunch this morning-and every morning prior- he wants to appear as the hero, a kind soul who is just trying to help someone in need.

This is exactly how I see the recent news that the B.C. government is giving $25 million back to school boards.

For the past 14 years the B.C. Liberals have been cutting funding and supports for public schools. This year alone the government asked school board to find $25 million i…

Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto's Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate

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[A probable human carcinogen is found in far too many foods. 93% tested positive; the highest levels were found in children. *RON*]
By Katherine PaulAlterNet, 27 May 2016

If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by the Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed.

A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced on May 25.

What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you’re being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources.

Worse yet? Children had the highest levels.